Nouveau chez / New at: “JCS”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Saturday, October 25th, 2008

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Showing JCS aXion in Olive

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

More pictures, review and credits after the jump!
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Nouveau chez / New At: “Dutch Touch” & “Guillaume pour homme”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Since her last release for men, I regularly bugged Iki Ikarus, the designer behind Dutch Touch, to ask her news about when the next men’s stuff would be coming out! I knew she was pretty busy with her new “M * A * ii * K * I” brand for women. But patience is always rewarded, and I’m glad to show you today the new series of plaid shirts, matching long sleeved tees and pants from Dutch Touch!

Iki offers these shirts (jacket layer) with her personal touch, working the fabric in a bias way. The long sleeved tees (undershirt layer plus complement on the underpants layer) are carefully tinted to match the shirts’s rich colors, and the pants (pants layer) offer a really original cut which is a good alternative to common jeans!

For each item needing it, “modify” perm is given (pants and long sleeved pieces). Short sleeved shirts aren’t “modify,” but as it’s useless in that case, we don’t need it.

Iki sells them in several packs, priced from 250 to 285 lindens, depending on the number of items inside. They all include at least a pair of pants, a tee and a shirt.
Also available is a fat pack of shirts offering 16 shirts (including the ones included in the packs) and a dark grey Tee-Shirt, for 385 lindens. I just miss the pants sold as separates, and I wish Iki offered alternative layers for her creations.

As usual,the textures are top notch and Iki’s talent at coloring makes a real difference with usual men’s creations. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 2.5/5 - Price: 3.5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

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Showing: in :: DUTCH TOUCH :: KoOsiE Green Pack: Button Down Shirt Salmon, LongSleeves Top Tucked Olive, DarkGreen Pants.

Introducing one of the new bracelets from the new men’s collection by Mhaijik Guillaume for “Guillaume pour homme”. Lets listen to Mhaijik about it:

“In my RL I love ‘found objects’ , bits of glass, beads, twists of metal. I often see small things of interest when walking along a pebbled path, bending down to pick them up, pocketing for use later on in a sculpture or some creation. Creating interplay between light, glass, and metals. They resonate with my whims and moods.

For my SL Found Objects collection I have spent many hours finding and making my textures. I took my glass bottle collection from their niches, outside to be ‘shot’ in the sun. Pictures captured and squared up into pixels then uploaded. Many more hours were spent playing with small sculpty shapes and texture colours, assembling an assortment to pick and choose from as in RL I would to make my creations. Hours playing with the shapes and colours ‘in the sand’ to find harmonious happy combinations. Move this, tweak this, stretch this, place here, step back…. I chose leather, cord and soft rope to hold these small wearable sculptures, turning them into unique and imaginative bracelets. The permissions set to Mod allow them to be stretched into an ankle bracelet or even to wear as a collar type necklace. As always permission is set to Transfer to allow easy gifting.

Eternally I am open to requests and try to exemplify ideal customer service. My jewelry is designed and crafted to fit very well, though I always respond to custom sizing requests when needed. I am proud to not have a “Do not IM me” in my profile.”

“Found objects” bracelets sell for 100 to 200 lindens, following their complexity. See picture of the nine pieces available below the cut!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 5/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 5/5

Also showing the new “Stomper boots” from Style Starts Here by Lissa Maertens. They look good with long and untucked pants as well, just wear the lower part!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

More pictures and full credits after the jump!
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Nouveau chez / New at “Argrace”, plus “Akeyo”, “Color Me Couture”, “The Good Life”, “Zada”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Friday, December 21st, 2007

Well, I swear it’s not an obsession, I’m showing today some more Japanese creations!
AIR Winx for “Argrace” offers us these brand new interesting hoodies plus complementary down jacket in two packs, “Black” and “Gray&White”, each including a tucked (shirt layer and underpants layer) and untucked version (jacket layer) of the hoodie, two presized hoods, and two versions of the down jacket on the jacket layer, alone and including the hoodie under it.
Everything is moddable and no copy-transfer. You will see on the second composite the many possibilities you have with each pack.
The jeans shown are a freebie you can get in the shop, with a cap and a sweater!
Soon more stuff from this promising designer!

To go along with this hoodie and jacket, I chose the very good “Akeyo” Sneakers from Arto Magneto and Akemi Yoshikawa, in their colored version this time, and some cool hair from Tag Mulligan for “Color Me Couture.” Enjoy!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste à capuche, surveste, Jean / Hodie, Down Jacket, Pants:
*ARGRACE Hoodie* “Gray&White” and “Black” (300 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
Argrace-Jeans Black (FREE, Perms: M/C/NT)
Argrace [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
AKEYO_SNEAKER02_DUSTIE_5color, Red (320 Lindens/Pack of 5 colors, Perms: C/NM/NT)
Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
*CMC* Chase - Brown (99 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
CMC Color Me Couture [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
The GL - Aaron Skin - LT - Goatee (1600 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
The Good Life [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Rfyre”, plus “Philotic Energy”, “The Good Life”, “Zada”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume, Special Event | Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

This 15-piece outfit includes the following: Black Leather Boots With Silver Accents (5 pieces), Upper Caped Jacket (Flex Prim), Lower Surcoat (Flex Prim), Collar (Prim), Leather BlackSilver Jacket High Neck, Leather BlackCrimson Jacket High Neck, BlackSilver Bracers/Sleeve extensions, BlackSilver Pants in both Boot and Long Lengths, Leather Shirt Open Neckline, Leather Vest Open Neckline. With all these components, you will be able to create many different looks!

I love the futuristic look of this outfit, and particularly the fabric’s textures. Beyond doubt, Raven Pennyfeather has a talent for texturing. I’m less enthusiastic about the prim work, especially the shoes. Seeing what the amazing shoemakers we have in sl do, I have become very demanding!

Everything is no-copy/transfer, Prim attachments are moddable except for the boots, the pieces of clothing are no moddable except for the pants.
You can get the pack for 800 Lindens. A matching women’s wanderer outfit is available for the same price.

There is a special offer for the members of the Rfyre group:
For a limited time, drop a notecard to Raven Pennyfeather with your transaction number to receive: Wanderer BlackRed Pants in both Boot and Long Lengths and the Wanderer Leather Shirt BlackCrimson Open Neckline.

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Tenue, Bottes / Outfit, Boots:
RFyre Wandrer Mens (800 Lindens/color, Perms: M&NM/NC/T),
Rfyre [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
The Good Life - Justin Skin (Dark) - Stitches (1800 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
The Good Life [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Indy Kohl (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Noir et Blanc / Black and White: “Aitui”, “Civvies”, “JCS”, “Mantra”, “Tête à Pied”, “The Good Life”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Costume, Special Event | Saturday, December 15th, 2007

New black and white skin at Tête à Pied! Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot released this special edition in black and white, in 3 facial hair options plus the “mature” version. Each comes in hairy or bald in the same package. You can get them, as usual, for a low 500 Lindens.

New men’s hair at “The Good Life”! Avant Scofield offers us this hair in 24 very good textures. He used a new alpha texture, to give it a real choppy look. Obviously, today I show it to you in black!

To go along with them, i chose a grey shirt from Civvies (Posy Trudeau), black pants from AItui (Jesseaitui Petion), a bracelet from Mantra, (Kim Takashi) and white shoes from JCS (Eponymous trenchmouth). Only colored part, intense blue eyes from Zada (Zada Zenovka).

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Skin:
TaP Vivant Men’s Late Shift Noir (500 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by CJ Carnot & Roslin Petion,
@ Tete a Pied Vivant Men’s Skins, Nouveau (203, 127, 22)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The GL - Luffer - Black (250 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/24 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Shirt / Chemise:
[CIVVIES] Buttondown Shirt - Skulls (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Posy Trudeau,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

• Souliers / Shoes:
Carl Perkins White (400 Lindens/color, 1200 Lindens/fatpack of 6 colors, Perms: C/NM/NT),
by Eponymous Trenchmouth,
@ JCS Shoes, Tean (229, 96, 25)

• Bracelet:
MANTRA Wood & Glass Bead Bracelet (35 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Kim Takashi,
@ MANTRA, Doll City (213, 79, 25)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Indian Ink Steel (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

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Nouveau chez / New at “Maitreya” by Onyx LeShelle

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Introducing today new men’s shoes by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya. Yes, the very creator your girlfriends adore!

Maitreya just released sculpty shoes for us. They come in 5 colors: green, beige, mud, brown and black not shown). Each color is sold with a laced and unlaced version. They look very realistic and I can tell you they are very comfortable, as I have exactly the same IRL, in beige! :-) They are very nicely done, you have to look at the texture of the laces! The suede texture is very good. I wish the black one would be a bit more grayish, as black things in SL show no details (well, a texture is flat and details can’t hold light like in rl…) The other colors, very “outdoor natural,” are subtle.

The shoes are designed to fit feet sized to zero. Gentlemen, it’s now time to have in your inventory a copy of your shape with feet set to zero for wearing with shoes, as more and more shoes designers work on that base. Believe me, it’s better for your look!
400 Lindens per color, 1500 for an everything pack.

The competition in men’s shoes is becoming really exciting! Nearby the stars JCS and Shiny Things, a lot of new designers start to offer very attractive products. Maitreya is one of these brands and I’m sure we will soon have more good surprises from it!

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showing Maitreya Man - Desert Boots in Laced Mud

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Maitreya Man - Desert Boots in Mud

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Left to Right & Top Down:
Maitreya Man - Desert Boots in green, Laced Mud, Beige, and Laced Brown.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Souliers / Shoes:
Maitreya Man - Desert Boots (400 Lindens/color, 1500 Lindens/fatpack of 5 colors, Perms: C/NM/NT),
by Onyx LeShelle,
@ Maitreya Main Store, Glam World 2 (242, 213, 26)

• Pantalon, Chemise / Pants, Shirt:
Cargo Pants Creme *REDGRAVE* (450 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
Shirt Brown Shortsleeved *REDGRAVE* 380L (380 Lindens, with shoulder pins attachments, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens Fashion, Sands Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Bracelet, Bague / Bracelet, Ring:
Gold Recs Bracelet Lg (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
Gold Ring Recs (50 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

• Coiffure / Hair:
Aitui - Sleepwalk Hair /Black/(225 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Jesseaitui Petion,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (o) Outdoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

• Skin:
The GL - Aaron Skin - Tan - Stubble (1600 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: Aitui, Brogear, Moderno, Sidewalk…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Hello all slmen Readers. My name is Dominic Palisades and after an invitation from Ben I will do the post for the today’s outfit…but before doing so, I would like to thank Ben for the wonderful opportunity he gave me

So here we go:

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Style, Photography: Dominic Palisades

• Débardeur / Tank Top:
Aitui/ Plain Tank Top, Black (60 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
by Jessaitui Pation,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

• Jean / Jeans:
[Sidewalk] Clothing/ Black Grunge Jeans-Mid Rise (The package contains three fits: loose, regular and tight) (99 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Rhyph Somme,
@ [Sidewalk] Clothing, Isle of Tharen (27, 227, 33)

• Coiffure / Hair:
*MODERNO*: Jack Hair - Shadow (150 Lindens for a pack of 3 close colours, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Starley Thereian,
@ Last Call ::MODERNO:: Menswear, Dazzle (130, 10, 28)

• Bottes et autres accessoires / Shoes and other accessories:
Brogear/ Tramplers Black Boots (299 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
Avant Military Brat Back pack (250 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
Smoker’s arm band (150 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
Hand Wrapping (70 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
by Broder Kubrick,
@ Brogear, Isle%20of%20Tharen (50, 171, 33)

• Yeux / Eyes:
FNKY! Eyes - Electric - Blue (Light veins) (70 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (129, 76, 24)

• Skin:
The Good Life - Justin Skin (Fair) - Aftermath (1700 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Queue, oreilles et moustaches de chat / Cat’s tail, ears and whiskers:
Neko Counter Culture ears (250 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Neko Wastelands Tail (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Black Whiskers (they come in a pack containing 6 different styles) (75 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Philo Sion,
@ Hybrid, Gnoma (11, 192, 47)

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